Major

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Brooklyn by way of Providence miniature guitar army Fang Island's second studio outing, the appropriately titled Major, finds the newly shrunken trio merrily avoiding minor keys amidst a maelstrom of metal-infused, full-hearted millennial power pop. Raw, radiant, and rambunctious, songs like "Kindergarten," "Chime Out," and "Asunder" belong in a Wes Anderson film, albeit one that inhabits an alternate universe where the fastidious auteur was weaned on '80s hair metal instead of '60s pop. Major, like the band's 2010 eponymous debut, sounds like Torche tearing through a set of Cheap Trick classics, but unlike its predecessor, the constant "oohs" and "aahs" are ...
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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Brooklyn by way of Providence miniature guitar army Fang Island's second studio outing, the appropriately titled Major, finds the newly shrunken trio merrily avoiding minor keys amidst a maelstrom of metal-infused, full-hearted millennial power pop. Raw, radiant, and rambunctious, songs like "Kindergarten," "Chime Out," and "Asunder" belong in a Wes Anderson film, albeit one that inhabits an alternate universe where the fastidious auteur was weaned on '80s hair metal instead of '60s pop. Major, like the band's 2010 eponymous debut, sounds like Torche tearing through a set of Cheap Trick classics, but unlike its predecessor, the constant "oohs" and "aahs" are outweighed by actual lyrics, though brevity remains the rule of the day -- "Never Understand," with its unending refrain of "I hope I never understand" and infectious "Second Hand News"-era Fleetwood Mac gait, gets the balance just about right. Elsewhere, instrumentals "Chompers" and "Dooney Rock," the latter of which is probably one of the better bluegrass-structured hard rock jams to drop in quite some time, offer up a master class in what happens when people who actually enjoy playing together allow practice to go into the wee hours of the night, while more traditional offerings like "Sisterly" and "Seek It Out" show that the band is more than capable of holding its own amidst the congested indie rock scene of its adopted borough. Like Andrew W.K., their closest spiritual contemporary, Fang Island are here to celebrate and rejuvenate, not alienate, and they've not only got the goods, but the attitude to move them. Major feels like the coolest church service ever, devoid of dogma and ritual, and consecrated by the unholy smack of a thousand high-fives.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/24/2012
  • Label: Sargent House
  • UPC: 634457562721
  • Catalog Number: 77
  • Sales rank: 319,131

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Kindergarten (3:50)
  2. 2 Sisterly (3:41)
  3. 3 Seek it Out (3:23)
  4. 4 Make Me (5:49)
  5. 5 Never Understand (4:18)
  6. 6 Asunder (5:13)
  7. 7 Dooney Rock (3:34)
  8. 8 Regalia (3:15)
  9. 9 Chompers (2:49)
  10. 10 Chime Out (4:01)
  11. 11 Victorinian (5:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Fang Island Primary Artist
Zoe Ellis Choir, Chorus
John Williams Choir, Chorus
Keith Souza Vocals
Seth Manchester Vocals
Chris Georges Group Member
Sam Muglia Shakuhachi, Soloist
Marc St. Sauveur Group Member
Jason Bartell Group Member
Adam Pumilia Bass
Jeff Bartell Choir, Chorus
Colleen Doyle Choir, Chorus
Brandon Amorin Choir, Chorus
Ryan Newmeyer Choir, Chorus
Reba Mitchell Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Michael Jacober Bass
Josh "Sweaty P." Joseph Guitar, Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
Keith Souza Producer, Engineer, Mastering
Seth Manchester Engineer, Mastering
Fang Island Composer, Producer
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